Interview with Christopher C. Doyle: The Good Book Corner

Christopher C. Doyle is an author who transports the reader into a fascinating world where ancient secrets buried in legends blend with science and history to create a gripping story.

Brought up as a boy on a steady diet of books ranging from classical literature to science fiction and fantasy, Christopher has been writing since his schooldays. Since childhood, his literary mentors have been Jules Verne, H G Wells, Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein, JRR Tolkein, Robert Jordan and Terry Brooks.

Along the way to publishing his debut novel, The Mahabharata Secret, Christopher pursued a career in the corporate world after graduating from St. Stephens College, Delhi with a degree in Economics and studying business management at IIM Calcutta. Over the course of his corporate career, he has worked with leading multinational organizations as a senior executive and CEO before setting up a strategic consultancy in India in partnership with a US based consulting firm.

Over the course of his corporate career, Christopher has written articles on management and business for Indian and international publications and is also a regular invited speaker for international conventions and conferences. He is a certified Executive Coach and now works with senior executives to help them achieve success and better results in their organisations.

Work aside, Christopher is a musician and lives his passion for music through his band called Mid Life Crisis, which plays classic rock.

Christopher lives in Gurgaon with his wife Sharmila, daughter Shaynaya, and two dogs, Zach and Cody.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorchristophercdoyle

Website: www.christophercdoyle.com

What does it mean to be a writer?
Chris: As someone who writes part time, since I have a day job that takes up most of my time, writing gives me the freedom to let my imagination run riot. It allows me to create a world where anything is possible.

What do you do when you are looking for inspiration, or facing a writer’s block?
Chris: Read or research. Both are invaluable.

Name one celebrity you want as your book fan!
Chris: I’ve never thought about this :-). I’ve always wanted to reach as many readers as possible – their celebrity status hasn’t really ever been that important. I think I’d be fine if no celebrities read my book. But that doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t be happy if a celebrity was a fan!

Your regular working/writing day?
Chris: Doesn’t exist 🙂 Every day is different in some way, given the number of things I juggle. And, as a Gemini, that’s what I love!

A quote you swear by.
Chris: A little learning is a dangerous thing; drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.

What is the worst criticism you were given? And the best compliment ?
Chris: The worst: your book The Mahabharata Secret is a rip off of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. I took exception to that since my book is based on proven scientific fact whereas Dan Brown’s book is based on an unproven conspiracy theory. The best compliment: is The Mahabharata Secret a true story?

What book do you wish you could have written?
Chris: The Lord of the Rings.

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?
Chris: A whole bunch. Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy, Walter Scott, Charles Dickens, George Bernard Shaw, Isaac Azimov, HG Wells, Jules Verne, JRR Tolkein and, of course, Arthur Conan Doyle.

What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?
Chris: keep writing. Don’t give up in the face of rejections. You will get there someday.

10. What next?
Chris: Many more books! Watch out for them!

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45 thoughts on “Interview with Christopher C. Doyle: The Good Book Corner

    1. chrisdoyle Post author

      Indresh, I think about the secrets hidden in all our Vedas, but since I haven’t read them all (just parts of the RigVeda), I cannot write about them yet. Maybe some day…

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    1. chrisdoyle Post author

      The sequel will be released in early 2016.

      In the meanwhile, I am giving away a FREE mini-sequel to The Alexander Secret. It is called: The Mahabharata Quest: A Secret Revealed and it is available to read on my website for free!

      Just go to: http://www.christophercdoyle.com/the-quest-club. Register for free. Log in using your username and password and start reading the mini-sequel right away!

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  1. tarunkhanna_tk

    Hi Sir,

    You have said your next book would be in early 2016… could please elaborate more on it.. and also would it be the last book in the series or more would follow??

    regards

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    1. chrisdoyle Post author

      Hi Tarun, the next book will be released in May 2016. The month is confirmed and we just need to finalise a date now. It will not be the last book in the series; there will be more to come.

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  2. sneha.mavinkurve

    Hi Christopher,

    Your books are really amazing. I kept looking on Google for the next release date. That’s when I came across the quest club, which is really very helpful. The mini sequel with 6 parts was the best part.
    I had a small confusion. The mini sequel is the last book of Alexander’s secret right? You said the ebook was written as a free book, as a gift to your readers. Does that mean the book wasn’t in the pipeline?

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    1. chrisdoyle Post author

      Hi Sneha,

      Thank you for your comment. I am glad you liked the mini sequel to The Alexander Secret. The mini-sequel only completes the story that was left incomplete in The Alexander Secret. It was never intended as the next book in The Mahabharata Quest series. I only wrote the mini sequel because Book 2, the actual sequel, got delayed and I wanted to ensure that readers got to know how the story ended in The Alexander Secret. When I wrote The Alexander Secret, I ended it with a cliffhanger because I thought the next book would be written soon. When I realised it would take time, I decided to give away the mini sequel free to make up for the delay. Book 2 of the series, as you would have seen from The Quest Club, is on its way and will be released in May 2016. I hope I have answered your query.

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  3. sayandeep

    hi christopher.
    i have a querry. All the facts u used in your last two books are all fictious or there is some folklore basis or some parts are really true??????

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    1. Christopher C Doyle

      There are a lot of facts in my book, but there is a lot of fiction, too. Please join The Quest Club – registration is free and simple. At The Quest Club, I am sharing with readers information on facts and fiction in my books, which I am sure will answer your question in a lot of detail. You will get to know what is true and what is imagination. And, at The Quest Club, you can also read the free mini sequel to The Alexander Secret. Just log onto http://www.christophercdoyle.com/the-quest-club and start reading right away!

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  4. Manjari

    Hi Christopher,
    Just read the secret of the druids…amazing read it was…worth the wait .I’m really curious to know how many more books are you planning in this series….and when can we expect the next book from you.

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    1. chrisdoyle Post author

      Hi Manjari, glad to hear you enjoyed reading The Secret of the Druids. I plan to have 2 more books in the series (for now, unless I find there is more to write about after that). I am currently researching for the next book which is planned for release at the end of 2017.

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  5. Raju9th

    Hi Christopher,
    i read your two books
    -The Mahabharata Secret
    -The Mahabharata Quest
    and now
    The Mini Sequel to The Alexander Secret: A Secret Revealed
    wen i went to purchase on amazon i read the users comment they are saying its again have surprise still question
    i hate secrets i wont read mini sequel until you release full version
    and
    a question to you
    http://yournewswire.com/8-soldiers-missing-after-discovery-of-ancient-flying-machine-in-afghan-cave/
    media report says that USA recovered UFO from
    Afghan cave …..!!!!

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    1. chrisdoyle Post author

      Hi Raghu, A Secret Revealed was written as a gift to readers since my next book was taking time and I wanted readers to know how The Alexander Secret ends. You can read it for free at The Quest Club, where it was published in 6 instalments from October 2015 onwards. Since many readers wanted the paperback version, we published the paperback in March 2016, but we couldnt give it away free because there is a cost attached to publishing a hard copy. So, there is no “full version” – only what was published as a mini sequel.

      In June 2016, I released The Secret of the Druids, which is Part 2 of The Mahabharata Secret series. This is the “real” sequel to The Alexander Secret. So you can now read A Secret Revealed followed by The Secret of the Druids.

      Please also remember – this is a series and you will continue to discover new secrets in every book. Without that, the books would be rather boring, wouldnt they?

      Regarding the video, it has been in circulation for several years now, and there is no evidence to show that it is not fake news. I have not come across any news in any respectable publication or any other reliable source yet.

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    1. chrisdoyle Post author

      Prasanth, Currently working on the research. I expect to be able to release the next book in the series in January 2018.

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  6. Amith jain

    Hello sir, I have read all your books and I must say that I’m missing vijay and his team for long now. Awaiting the next part after the secret of druids. Can you please let us know when can we expect the next book. Can’t wait to read the next part

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    1. chrisdoyle Post author

      Amith, I, too am missing the team! I am still working on the research for the next one in The Mahabharata Quest series and expect it to release in 2018. But there will be a new release later this year – a Young Adults fantasy series based on Indian mythology begins in 2017. Watch out for that one!

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  7. rpc1490

    I really loved your works. It really got me thinking on a lot of things and rereading the mahabharata after reading your books, well I got to say it got a new perception! Radha is sorely missed and cannot wait till 2018!
    Thank you for creating this series. Much respect.

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    1. chrisdoyle Post author

      Thank you for your kind words. I am happy that you liked reading my books and even happier that you saw the Mahabharata in a new light after re-reading it with the perspective provided by my books. I hope you continue to enjoy the series!

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  8. krishan611

    Sir as it was not explained in the secret of druids that what happened to Radha so can we expect some links to that in your upcoming book

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    1. chrisdoyle Post author

      Krishan, I am still working on the research for the next book, so the storyline is far from being developed. I will have to ask you for patience until 2018, when you will get to know…

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  9. Varun

    Hello Sir,
    Firstly, I would like to congratulate you for your success on the books.
    I really loved all the books including the secret of the druids
    I have a question actually.
    Vajra astram is said to be weapon possessed by Lord indra who is a deva
    But then how did danavas or the tautha de danam learn about its operation or location of its hiding where around hid them??
    And also as Vijay has seen van kleuck can’t the task force get his sketch and try to find him???
    And as you have written that saxena was found with a body in dubai can’t the task force or the IB interrogate him?
    ? about it??

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    1. chrisdoyle Post author

      Varun, thank you for your comment and I am glad you have enjoyed reading my books. Your questions tell me that you have thought deeply about the stories and I am delighted that you have asked these questions, since they are logical. All I can say at the moment is that you will get all your answers as the series proceeds and comes to an end. I would not like to reveal more otherwise you will not enjoy the thrillers that are yet to come. I hope I can request your patience, so that you continue to enjoy the series – it will make the revelations much more enjoyable when the answers are revealed!

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  10. Paavai

    Hi your books where amazing I love the way you delivered it to us.It’s beautiful and even i become sick to read more about ancient history at midnight’s.

    But I need to ask u one thing why did you kill radha I miss that character.

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    1. chrisdoyle Post author

      Thank you for your kind words about my writing. Feedback like yours is a great motivator to write. And I, too, miss Radha. By the way, are you a member of The Quest Club? If you are not, please join the adventure. I am sure you will enjoy reading my posts on history and watching the videos and seeing the photographs of my research that I keep posting there! Registration is free and you can register at http://www.christophercdoyle.com/the-quest-club

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  11. mm1909

    Hi Chris, I have read mahabharat secret and quest and they simply incredible and engrossing. Please do let us know when will the next quest sequel be releasing .

    Manisha

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    1. chrisdoyle Post author

      Thank you, Manisha, for your kind words about The Mahabharata Quest series. Have you read The Secret of the Druids, the sequel to The Alexander Secret?

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  12. mm1909

    Thanks Chris for your prompt reply. Yes, I have read Secret of druids and eagerly waiting for its sequel. Is it planned for this year?

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  13. soorajpai

    Hi Sir,

    This is Sooraj and i was part of the audience in The Samhita Academy. I am a Grade 9 student in the school. I am an avid reader and after your visit, I was deeply interested In reading your books. My father and I have both enrolled ourselves in The Quest Club. My question to you is can you please tell me the order of books to read. Which book to read first and which to read second.

    My other question to you is what do you think about Amish Tripathi and his books ? Just interested to know….

    Sooraj

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    1. chrisdoyle Post author

      Hi Sooraj. The Mahabharata Secret was my first book. You could start with that or The Alexander Secret which is Book 1 of The Mahabharata Quest series. A Secret Revealed is available in 6 parts for free at The Quest Club and is the mini sequel to The Alexander Secret. Book 2 of The Mahabharata Quest series is The Secret of the Druids. And The Pataala Prophecy (Book 1: Son of Bhrigu) is a completely different series and can be read separately at any time. I hope this helps.

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      1. Chai

        Hey Chris,

        For a Kitaabi keeda like me any book will do, but if its got a mythological connection, especially with the Mahabharata, its a special treat. In a time, where everything to do with the Hindu culture is seen with a tainted eye and termed regressive, you open our eyes to a new, magical world backed with proper scientific theories explanations.
        When the majority of Indian authors are busy penning down mediocre love stories borrowed from the western world, your storytelling is for me an absolute orgasmic delight!
        And while I would dearly love to read both books and the mini sequel, I would rather not tire myself of the characters. So I would really love to know when the next book will release. Could you satisfy this very hopeful fan’s curiosity, pretty please?

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        1. chrisdoyle Post author

          Thank you for your kind words. I am still engaged in research for Book 3 of The Mahabharata Quest series, which has taken some time because it is so extensive. Since I start writing only after completing the research, I expect Book 3 to release in 2020.

          In the meanwhile, my fantasy adventure series – The Pataala Prophecy – will continue to release since the research is mostly completed in the years before I began writing The Mahabharata Quest series. I hope you enjoy reading this series as well!

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          1. ShadeSlayer

            Hey Chris,

            Iam a big fan of your work and trust me the way you have combined the epic legends of the ancient past and the modern scientific world of the present is simply mesmerizing. Hats off to your imagination,creativity and your style of depicting the story.It is a special treat for a guy like to be able to read books of such genre. We are lucky to have an author like you in this generation.
            Lastly, i would like to know when the next book from the Mahabharata will release and will it be the final book of that series???

          2. chrisdoyle Post author

            Thank you for your kind words, I am glad to hear that you have enjoyed reading my books. I am still working on the research for Book 3 in The Mahabharata Quest series. The research is extensive (I have been at it for the last 3 years!) and I will only start writing once the research is complete. The book is expected to release in 2020 since I do not foresee myself beginning to write it before September 2019, given the amount of research still waiting to be completed. It will not be the last book of the series. There will be at least 1 book more, maybe 2.

            In the meanwhile, I hope you enjoy reading The Pataala Prophecy series. Since the research for this was already completed when I read all the ancient texts over the last 20 years, it is faster to write and I hope it keeps my readers entertained while they wait for the Quest series to progress.

  14. ShadeSlayer

    Thank you, Chris for answering my questions. Well i guess i just have to wait till 2020.. Well just wanted to clarify one thing and that is The Mahabharata Series and the Patala Series are coexisting in the same timeline(simultaneously) or is it in a different timeline

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    1. chrisdoyle Post author

      Both series are set in contemporary times, but each series has a very different universe. So you could say they exist in the same timeline (current times) but since the stories are so different (Quest is a science, mythology and history based contemporary thriller series and Pataala is a fantasy and mythology based contemporary thriller series) they exist in different universes.

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  15. vikrantpv

    Hi Chris,

    From childhood, I am a fan of fictions in general and science, historic as well as mythological fictions in particular. I am also fond of stories which from a series of books. I have read almost all the works of Isaac Asimov, Arthur C Clarke, HG Wells, Tolkien, Arthur Conan Doyle and Dan Brown. From back home, In more recent times, I read Amish’s Shiva trilogy before getting hooked on to your writing. Starting with The Mahabharata Secret, I have read all of your books including the first installment of The Patala Prophecy – Son of Bhrigu.

    I noticed you don’t disturb the established mythological stories as well as documented history too much in order to weave your story around it. Neither do you depend on, or justify any conspiracy theories. And my third observation is, your stories run on a contemporary timeline despite being intertwined with the mythology / history. In my opinion, these three make your writing style unique – at least in the context of Indian mythology.

    The (good) problem I am facing with The Mahabharata Quest as well as The Patala Prophecy series is, I started reading them before the entire series was released. And this puts me in an unprecedented situation of waiting for the next installment. The maximum I had to wait for the next episode of a series was around two months for the last book of Clifton Chronicles by Jeffrey Archer. You have broken this record by a big margin. Hope the wait is worth it!

    All the very best!

    Vikrant Vaidya

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    1. chrisdoyle Post author

      Hi Vikrant, thank you for your post and for your kind words about my books. I am glad to hear that you feel that my style of staying true to the established stories and history makes my writing unique. I know how you feel about the gap between books. Book 2 of The Pataala Prophecy series releases in September 2019, so that isn’t too long a gap between books; one book a year in a series is pretty good going for most authors since the entire writing, editing, production and distribution process takes around that much time.

      As regards The Mahabharata Quest series, I plead guilty. There is an inordinate gap between The Secret of the Druids and Book 3 of the series. However, what makes my writing unique for you is also the reason for the delay. I do a lot of research before I start writing and, in this case, I have already read more than 250 books in the last 3 years and still have a few to go. I like my facts to be accurate so the research is extensive. And I like to think that this is the secret sauce for what you eventually read. The good news is that I am coming to the end of the research for Book 3 and will start writing soon, so the next book in The Mahabharata Quest series should release in 2020. I will endeavour to make the wait well worth it and thank you for your patience.

      I hope you will also join/have also joined The Quest Club, where I share much more information about my research and writing with readers, as well as interact with them. Membership is free and the link is right here on my website. See you there!

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